Posts Tagged ‘migrations’

Help! Something is Missing!

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

The UMW IT department and Instructure tech support have migrated all the fall 2010, spring 2011, and summer 2011 (after summer is complete) Blackboard courses onto the new Canvas system for you! Yeah!

But what happens if you log into your old course (now in Canvas) and find something is missing!

Two alternatives:

  1. If you do this before July 28, 2011, Blackboard will still be available to you and you can log into Blackboard and download the missing item.
  2. If you do this after July 28, then Blackboard will not be available.  In that case, here is what you do:

After July 28, to find a missing image or Word document or PowerPoint that somehow did not get transferred into Canvas during the course migration process, ask UMW IT to give you a copy of your old Blackboard course in Blackboard “export” format.

I am missing this image:

Ask UMW IT for your course in “Export” format:

The export will be a zip file. Unzip it!

Look inside the unzipped folder:

You may need to look into several folders, but your image will be here somewhere:

Once you find the missing image, you can upload it into Canvas and place it where it belongs.

Blackboard to Canvas Migrations – Modules Area

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

So what does a Blackboard course look like after it has been auto-migrated from Blackboard? Is it usable as is? Can it be re-worked with small effort and then used as a basis for a future Canvas course?

CAUTION: You are strongly advised to re-develop your
course materials in Canvas starting with a blank course shell rather than attempting to re-work a migrated course. This is especially true if you made non-trivial use of Blackboard with the migrated course.

If your previous Blackboard course made only token use of the Blackboard tool set for a limited purpose, say to distribute files for example, then it might make sense to re-work a past semester Blackboard course and copy that into a blank Canvas course shell to use in a later semester.

This page shows you what to expect in the Canvas “Modules” area.

The example course shown here migrated exceptionally well.  However, notice that the modules are out of order. Modules can be re-ordered easily by simply dragging from one pace and dropping in another. The only tip here is that to grab a module, one must hover over that line and grab the move icon that appears to the left of the line.

Note: In the case that a line in one module really belongs in another, that line can be dragged from one module and dropped into another in a similar manner. Also notice the pencil icon. Click that to edit the module name or the item name inside a module.

In this example you will notice that the due dates are all from fall 2010. Each activity will need to have the dates changed. Click directly on the item itself to edit the edit (rather than just the name of the item).

Blackboard to Canvas Migrations – Files Area

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

So what does a Blackboard course look like after it has been auto-migrated from Blackboard? Is it usable as is? Can it be re-worked with small effort and then used as a basis for a future Canvas course?

CAUTION: You are strongly advised to re-develop your
course materials in Canvas starting with a blank course shell rather than attempting to re-work a migrated course. This is especially true if you made non-trivial use of Blackboard with the migrated course.

If your previous Blackboard course made only token use of the Blackboard tool set for a limited purpose, say to distribute files for example, then it might make sense to re-work a past semester Blackboard course and copy that into a blank Canvas course shell to use in a later semester.

This page shows you what to expect in the Canvas “Files” area.

Blackboard did not give instructors or students access to the underlying folder structure – but Canvas does (which is a good thing). So, when a course that contains lots of files is migrated to Blackboard, many folders are created in Canvas to hold these files. The folders have serialized, non-meaninigful names like “res00043” and “res00179”.

This is confusing to both you and your students. Remember, students can see the course “Files” area and look inside folders (unless the instructor specifically locks them).  So  you may want to consider creating just a few folders with meaningful names and move all the files into these new folders. Then you can delete the old folders with the serialized names.

This screen shot shows an actual course migrated from Blackboard to Canvas. Notice it has 91 folders (only some show). The example shows three new folders created, “Lecture Notes”, “Powerpoints”, and “Quiz Solutions”.  A file is shown being dragged from folder res000145 into folder “Quiz Solutions”.